To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of a dog with urinary tract infection caused by P. acnes.
Keeping your dog on a healthy diet with whole foods and balanced protein with healthy vegetable carbohydrates can improve their overall health as well as their urinary tract. Adding fresh blueberries to their food bowl can decrease the risk of developing urinary tract infections in the future. You can also add cranberries or give your dog cranberry pills to help prevent future urinary tract infections.
Hygiene is essential for a healthy dog. Bacteria can grow in dirty genital areas, causing inflammation or infection. Your dog needs healthy bacteria, so adding a probiotic to their food by way of probiotics sprinkled over their food or fresh yogurt for a treat is easy to do and can improve the healthy number of bacteria in your dog’s gut. There are many ways to prevent urinary tract infections. Pay attention to your dogs and know the signs they offer when they are not feeling well.
Does Your Dog Have a Urinary Tract Infection? Learn the Symptoms
Dog Urinary Tract Infections and Problems - Pets WebMD
Urinary tract infections in pets are common. A urinary tract infection is defined as an infection caused by bacteria, fungi, or parasites in the urinary tract, which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The infection is usually caused by bacteria in the environment or the intestines that enters the urethra and proliferates in the urinary bladder. Urinary tract infections may lead to increased frequency of urination, urgency, bloody urination, and inappropriate urination in your pet. Urinary tract infections occur more often in dogs and less often in cats. Clinical history and a thorough physical exam are important components of diagnosing urinary tract infections in dogs and cats, as well as searching for predisposing causes. Urine testing and urine analysis, including microscopic exams of urine are the hallmarks of definitive diagnosis. The most accurate diagnostic technique is to obtain urine by having a needle inserted into your pet's bladder (known as cystocentesis) by your veterinarian. This technique is relatively painless and has a very low risk of complications. If this is not possible, pet guardians are often asked to obtain a first morning urine sample (known as a free catch sample) to drop off to their veterinarian for urine analysis. In pets with recurrent or persistent infections, additional testing may be done, including urine culture, X-rays, and ultrasound to evaluate for other diseases like urinary tract stones, polyps, or tumors. If clinically indicated, CBC/chemistry blood profiles may be done to evaluate for systemic diseases such as and .Urinary tract infections are more common in dogs than in cats. Overweight pets with extra skin folds are at risk. Some female pets may have inverted vulvas that lead to bacterial buildup and secondary urinary tract infections. Very often, pets with weaker immune systems including geriatric pets as well as those with dental disease will more likely be prone to urinary tract infections. Chronic diseases such as , , cancer, and immune suppressive viruses in cats such as (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) may lead to urinary infections as well. Pets with a history of urine dribbling and involuntary urination also should be evaluated for urinary tract infection prior to starting medications such as (for dogs) for urine incontinence.Propionibacterium acnes has been rarely isolated as a commensal from dogs, but there is little evidence of pathogenicity. Urinary tract infections are common in dogs and are typically caused by various commensal bacteria. Here we present the first case report of a urinary tract infection caused by P. acnes.